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NAF PPORA Mares Awards – new for 2017 – 2018

NAF PPORA

Mare of the Month & Mare of the Season Awards

New for 2017 – 2018, the  NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Award – open to all mares and fillies running in British Point to Points – is designed to shine the spotlight on the achievements of mares and fillies racing between the flags.

These awards are designed to celebrate achievement in the widest sense and are about eye-catching performances and noteworthy achievements – which may be one off or cumulative – it’s not just about winners on the board in any given month.

Over the course of the 2016 – 2017 season we saw some remarkable performances from Mares at all levels in our sport  from Maiden Race to Hunter Chase level, and they also featured prominently in  the season’s awards and championship, as the examples below show.

There will be 6 monthly winners each of which will also  be considered for the overall PPORA Mare of Season Award which will be presented at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch on Friday June 8th 2018.

MonthlyWinners will receive a selection of  NAF products, and a bottle of champagne from the PPORA.  The winning owners of the NAF PPORA Mare of the Season will be given two tickets to join us at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch on Friday 8th June 2018 when they will be presented with a memento of their horse’s achievements.

 

Notable Mares from 2016 – 2017 

Homebred Grassroots Championship Success. 

From the yard of owner-breeder-trainers  Chris and Fran Marriott, Dabinett Moon continues  the stable tradition of apple themed names – Dabinett Moon is a variety of cider apples.  This successful mare’s family association with Marriotts stretches back  more than 4o years to her her granddam Windfall VI.

Dabinett Moon with rider Claire Hardwick and owners Fran and Christopher Marriott after winning the Skinner's Ladies Open Championship Hunter Chase at Stratford 2017. Copyright Pic John Beasley 01202 309489

Dabinett Moon with rider Claire Hardwick and owners Fran and Christopher Marriott after winning the Skinner’s Ladies Open Championship Hunter Chase at Stratford 2017. Copyright Pic John Beasley 01202 309489

No stranger to success  Dabinett Moon  – the 2015 – 2016  Subaru Restricted Championship Final winner,  who boasts a laudable 50%  winning strike rate in Point to Points and Hunter Chases – claimed the Heythrop Members’ Race at Cocklebarrow in April  before chasing the talented Frelia home in the Subaru Restricted Championship Final at Cheltenham in May.  A  further runner up spot in a Towcester Hunter Chase 10 days later saw her bang on song to claim the Skinner’s Ladies Open Point-to-Point Championship Final, under her regular rider Clare Hardwick  at Stratford on June 9th.

 

 

History Maker.  

Lostin A Fog and John Reddington win the 2m flat race division one at Barbury Castle 14 January 2017 COPYRIGHT pic John Beasley 01202 309489

Lostin A Fog and John Reddington win the 2m flat race division one at Barbury Castle 14 January 2017 COPYRIGHT pic John Beasley 01202 309489

The intriguingly named, Lostin A Fog, a maiden point winner at Boulta in Ireland put her experience to good use to land the first British Point to Point Bumper in February.

A trailblazer from the off she fought back ferociously having been headed by Oliver’s Island (Page Fuller) and under a well timed ride by owner-rider John Reddington  was back in front when it counted as the duelling rivals flew across the line.

 

 

 

Progressive Maiden Achieves Dual Champion Status.  

Progressive  mare Cheltenham Mati,  trained by Tim Underwood, was a  maiden winner on her first appearance at the Barbury International Meeting on January 14th 2017.

 She made good on the promise shown that day and proved tough and game throughout a 5 month campaign making the frame on 9 occasions from 11 starts (4 wins and 5 places).

Cheltenham Mati and James Bowen on their way to Intermediate Race Victory at Trecoed June 2017 photo courtesy and copyright Alun Sedgemore

Cheltenham Mati and James Bowen on their way to Intermediate Race Victory at Trecoed June 2017
photo courtesy and copyright Alun Sedgemore

Her season finished with an emphatic  victory in the Intermediate at Trecoed where, partnered by the season’s leading novice James Bowen, she left the favourite Lukes Hill (Bradley Gibbs) trailing in her wake.

Cheltenham Mati  finished the season as  the winner of the Subaru  Restricted Championship, the Jockey Club Champion Novice Mare, winner of the PPORA Welsh Borders Area  Young Horse Award and  3rd in the National Young Horse Award sponsored by The Point To Point Racing Company.

 

 

 

 

Pointing Graduate.

Black Sam Bella Heads To Post Photo Courtesy & Copyright Phil Britt Photography

First Time Out Winner Black Sam Bella Heads To Post
Photo Courtesy & Copyright Phil Britt Photography

5 year old Black Sam Bella,  was the eye-catching winner of a a 2m 4f maiden at the Vine and Craven at Barbury in February – her only start for Point to Point Trainer  Laura Thomas, she was subsequently sold for £35000 to join top flight National Hunt Trainer Dan Skelton and has since run in a Bumper and Hurdle Race and continuesto look an exciting proposition finishing runner up on her 2 starts for the new yard – a Bumper and Hurdle Race.

 

 

PPORA Mare of the Month 2017 – 2018 Monthly Awards 

November – December:                                                                                                       

Horse: Almost There, 7 y-o (Tikkanen (USA) – Miss Ondee (FR) (Dress Parade))                                                                              Owner: Nick Wright         Keeper: Nick Wright       Area: East Anglia            Jockey: Archie Wright

Other Nominations for November-December:  PPORC @ Barbury Pique Rock and Lily’s Got Wings

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January: 

Horse: Teeton Power 7 y-o (Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) – Teeton Priceless (GB))                                 Owner: Mrs Joan Tice    Keeper: Liz Harris    Area: Midlands    Jockey: Sam Davies-Thomas     Other Nominations for  January:   Tiverton Foxhounds @ Chipley Park: Lady Sutton’s Palmaria (Restricted Winner),  and Ed Walker’s Wind Tor (Mares’ Maiden Winner);  Hannah Broggio’s Whenharrymetsally (Members’ Winner) – Barbury International:  Martin McIntrye and Christopher Barber’s Definitelyanoscar (Mares’ Maiden Winner), Mr Bailey’s Strike Hollow  Point to Point Flat Race Winner, Andrew Quick’s Dissertation (for a great comeback finishing third in the Maiden,  after serious injury last season – North Cornwall @ Wadebridge:  Mr Richard Mitford-Slade & Mrs Lucy Fielding-Johnson’s Ruby Fool (Maiden Winner) – Heythrop @ Cocklebarrow: Christopher & Fran Marriot’s Dabinett Moon (Ladies’ Open Winner, and for her remarkable consistency for her owner-trainer-breeders over the past 3 seasons)

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February

Horse: Palmaria 8 y-0   Kayf Tara (GB) – Ollejess (GB))                                                                          Owner: Lady Sutton Keeper: Caroline Keevil Area   Area: Wessex   Jockey: Bryan Carver

Other Nominations for February:   Percy @ Alnwick:  The Heading For Home Partnership’s Weston Flame (Conditions Race Winner) – Vine & Craven @ Barbury: Andrew Quick’s Dissertation (Maiden Runner Up who continues to progress after injury last season) –  South Pool Harriers @ Buckfastleigh: The Withyslade Partnership’s One Big Love (Jockey Club Mares’ Maiden Winner) – Brocklesby @ Brocklesby Park: The BDS Pointers Partnership’s Bene Regina (Jockey Club Mares’ Maiden Winner)

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Nominations – Monthly Awards

These awards are open to all mares and fillies running in British Point to Points.  All PPORA Members are invited to submit nominations  for mares who have caught their eye over the previous month.

To make a nomination please send an email to membership@ppora.co.uk 

Your email should include:

The deadlines for receipt of nominations are shown below:

Award Month : Nomination Deadline 5pm on:

November / December (combined) : Tuesday January 2nd

January : Monday February 5th

February : Monday March 5th

March : Tuesday April 3rd

April : Tuesday May 8th

May : Monday May 21st

Sammy Martin, Racing Manager from NAF,  will select a winner from the nominations received,  and the winner will be announced on www.ppora.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter

 

Mare of the Season Award

The Mare of the Season Award Winner will be chosen by Sammy Martin from amongst the 6 monthly winners

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